You are not your professional façade. You are not your paycheck allegiances. REMEMBER?
Finley Peter Dunne wrote that the job of the writer and journalist was to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
As a writer, my place is pretty modest, but I think I can do that.
“If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster.”
“Near the day of Purification, there will be cobwebs spun back and forth in the sky.”
“A container of ashes might one day be thrown from the sky, which could burn the land and boil the oceans.” – Hopi prophecy
“I conceive of God, in fact, as a means of liberation and not a means to control others.” – Baldwin, James. Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son. 1961.
“If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him.” – Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. 1963.
Proposal: ‘The Year of Being Good To Other People, No Matter What’. It would be a welcome change.
1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God’s Chosen People.
2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.
4. Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.